A highly coveted beer from Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon will be available to South Floridians for the first time when it goes on tap at Laser Wolf in Fort Lauderdale later this month. And if there's one thing we all need after Irmageddon, it's a good drink.
Saturday, September 23, the Belgium-based Brasserie Cantillon, one of the oldest and most authentic makers of the Beligian styles of lambic and gueuze, will release a special beer brewed for its annual Zwanze Day celebration. The day officially began in 2008 with the bottling of a rhubarb-flavored lambic created by Cantillon owner and brewer Jean-Pierre Van Roy.
This year, September 23 marks the ninth release of this year’s Zwanze, with the beer available only on tap at select locations worldwide.
For its 2017 Zwanze Day, Cantillon will release a Game of Thrones-inspired lambic brewed in honor of Van Roy's son, Sylvain, who will turn 18 this year. Sylvain had a hand in deciding the 2017 Zwanze blend, a 2-year-old lambic brewed with a semifermented oolong tea.
As it does every year, Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon's annual event will be celebrated in various locations around the globe on the same day, with each location pouring that year’s release brewed specifically for the festivities by the Brussels-based brewery.
This year, Laser Wolf was chosen as a host, one of only two Florida establishments to pour Cantillon limited releases alongside Tampa's Green Bench Brewing. Nationwide, just 28 locations got the nod for the special brew.
"Our friends at Progressive Distribution reached out to us, asked if we were into hosting Zwanze Day, and I said, 'Wow, that would be amazing.' From what I know, I believe we are the first in South Florida," Jordan Bellus, Laser Wolf cofounder and owner, says.
On top of serving the 2017 Zwanze, Laser Wolf will also offer pours of multiple 20-liter kegs of Cantillion's classic gueuze, Cuvée Saint-Gilloise, Nath, Saint Lamvinus, and Vigneronne. The 30-liter keg of Zwanze means there will be more than 200 five-ounce pours available.
The Fort Lauderdale beer bar recently offered a limited run of tickets for its mug club members, and general ticket sales will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 14, at Laser Wolf. A total of 100 tickets are available for $100 each, limited to two per person (cash only).
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Attendees will receive a custom Cantillon/Laser Wolf flight paddle, glassware, and a tote bag. A ticket will get you access to the pouring from 2 to 5 p.m. and six five-ounce pours of all the bar's Cantillon drafts. The Bellus brothers urge ticketholders to arrive before 3 p.m. to guarantee they get their complete flight. After 3 p.m., the bar's full draft selection, as well as additional five-ounce pours from each Cantillon tap, will be available for purchase.
"Plus, there will also be some other goodies," says Jordan says, who adds that the bar will also pour limited draft beers from Almanac Beer Co., Arizona Wildness Brewing Co., Hourglass Brewing, and Crooked Stave.
Doors open for regular business at 5 p.m., and according to Jordan, whatever is left of the limited releases will be made available to non-ticketholders.
Zwanze Day 2017. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Laser Wolf, 901 Progresso Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-667-9373; laserwolf.bar. Tickets cost $100.